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'''Siegfried Loraine Sassoon''', (8 September 1886 – 1 September 1967) was an England|English poet, writer, and soldier. Decorated for bravery on the Western Front (World War I)|Western Front, he became one of the leading poets of the First World War. His poetry both described the horrors of the trenches, and satirised the patriotic pretensions of those who, in Sassoon's view, were responsible for a jingoism-fuelled war.''Siegfried Sassoon: The Making of a War Poet'', Jean Moorcroft Wilson (Duckworth, 2004). Sassoon became a focal point for dissent within the armed forces when he made a lone protest against the continuation of the war in his "Soldier's Declaration" of 1917, culminating in his admission to a military psychiatric hospital; this resulted in his forming a friendship with Wilfred Owen, who was greatly influenced by him. Sassoon later won acclaim for his prose work, notably his three-volume fictionalised...
Birth nameSiegfried Loraine Sassoon
PseudonymsSaul Kain, Pinchbeck Lyre
Birth date{{Birth date|1886|9|8|df=y}}
Birth placeMatfield, Kent, England
Death date{{Death date and age|1967|9|1|1886|9|8|df=y}}
Death placeHeytesbury, Wiltshire, England
OccupationSoldier, Poet, Diarist, Memoirist, Journalist
Alma materClare College, Cambridge
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